Luthuli Game Reserve was a liquidated spa/game-reserve (a proposed “cosmetic surgery safari” venue) that was planned for consolidation into the greater Zululand Rhino Reserve. Unsurprisingly the venture failed, but expansive planning and infrastructure had been completed, leaving 20 serviced platforms on the farm. A group of Durban investors purchased the reserve, some building holiday homes.

A holiday home in private game reserve. The house is designed to respond to the harsh environment of Northern KZN, providing comfort during the hot midday whilst enjoying views over the landscape. It employs simple water saving devices such as recycling for irrigation and rainwater collection.

The dry and rocky terrain keeps trees small here and the landscape is rolling hills. Buildings need to retain a low profile to maintain a similar scale to the environment. Flat and low pitched roofs, dark and neutral colours, natural materials and deep shaded space define the architecture. A dramatic entrance courtyard overlooking the pool and natural landscape separates a bedroom wing around an intimate family common space and large, comfortable living wing with access to deck and boma. Humble structure employing natural materials